By Alexis Ortega
The formal ribbon-cutting ceremony takes place Friday, November 2, 2018 from 12:00pm to 12:30pm at The Center’s new home at 1301 N. Palm Canyon, Palm Springs.
The featured installation is the work of recognized Coachella Valley artist, Juan-Manuel Alonso and showcases five androgynous dancers – each representing colors from the transgender, lesbian, gay, bisexual and non-binary/queer flags respectively – surrounded by white peace doves. “In my work I want to have a subconscious message – something of freedom and a message of liberation,” says Alonso. “It’s about love, equality, oneness and openness. I’m sending out positivity to counter the negativity.”
Desert Care Network commissioned the mural in support of The Center’s 2016 Capital Campaign and gave Alonso full artistic license to create a piece honoring our community. “Desert Care Network is pleased to support The Center’s new home through the installation of this beautiful mural celebrating the diversity in our desert communities,” offers Michelle Finey, Chief Executive Officer of Desert Care Network. “We are honored Juan-Manuel Alonso has chosen to incorporate Desert Regional Medical Center’s El Mirador Tower in his tribute to Palm Springs.”
“The Center is honored to receive such generous support from Tenet Healthcare’s Desert Care Network,” adds Brian Rix, Board Chair, LGBT Community Center of the Desert. “We are thrilled to be home to this mural by Juan-Manuel Alonso. I believe all who have the benefit of witnessing it, will be joyfully inspired to live their most beautiful and authentic expression.”
The mural unveiling ribbon-cutting is a free event open to the public and leads off a host of Pride Weekend events and activities.